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Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-Duke Students: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Homestay Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Abby Hall Grubbs
Minimum Class Level: Freshman Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Course Load: 2 course credits Click here for a definition of this term Additional Program Prerequisites: BME 253L or ECE 110L, MATH 216
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: None Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Biomedical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Natural Sciences
Duke Administered Program?: Yes
Program Description:
Duke Pratt in Costa Rica is a 6-week, 2-course summer program based in San Jose, Costa Rica focusing on fundamental concepts in Engineering.

The city of San Jose is not only the seat of national government for the country but also its center of economic activity and cultural capital.  Situated on a plateau in the Central Valley, it is surrounded by verdant mountains and valleys.  San Jose is known for its lively urban pace, museums, cultural venues, and markets.

All students will choose to participate in one of the two core-courses: Signals and Systems (BME 271A) OR Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations (MATH 353A). All students must enroll in the Spanish language and culture course (SPANISH 92A).  

In addition to exploring the city of San Jose for cultural and lab activities, students will visit volcanos like Poas and Irazu to record seismic activity and the biological field station of La Selva, in the low-land tropical rain forest in the northeastern region of the country, to develop automated identification systems for some of the 857 bird species found there.